Best places to travel in October 2020
October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.
Popular countries to visit in October
Our specialists share their ideas, personal recommendations and inspiration about the best places to visit in October
Clear, blue skies and more settled weather make October a good time for trekking in Nepal. And for us, this is when the Indian Ocean is at its best, with dry, comfortable weather across the Seychelles and Mauritius. This is also a good time for safaris in Namibia, where the vegetation is fading and game gathers around waterholes as the landscape becomes increasingly arid.
Tours we recommend in October
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in October.
Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.
Watch street performers and sample Moroccan street food in Jemaa el Fna square.
Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.
Go trekking with a private guide in the High Atlas Mountains and visit a Berber village.
Visit Petra - a Modern Wonder of the World.
Travel the King's Highway between Amman and Petra.
Walk down Petra's magical Siq Canyon.
Experience bustling Amman by night.
Explore the Treasury and Monastery in Petra.
Visit the pyramids, the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World.
Enjoy the scenery of the Nile Valley on a serene cruise.
Discover tombs and temples on Luxor's West Bank.
Explore lesser-known temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.
Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.
Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.
Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.
Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Berber villages.
Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.
Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.
Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.
Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.
Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Visit Naples Archaeological Museum and see original relics from Pompeii.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Enjoy panoramic views of Ischia on a private hike followed by a tasty lunch.
Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.
Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.
Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.
Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.
Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.
Visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the house of the 'living Goddess'.
Enjoy a day trek in Kathmandu valley, with views of terraced fields and distant Himalayan peaks.
Explore the markets of Bhaktapur, famous for its rich history of arts and crafts including wood carving, pottery and weaving.
Have dinner overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Bodnath Stupa while monks chant in the evening air.
The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.
Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.
Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.
Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.
Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the colourful coral reefs around the Seychelles.
Stroll along the stunning beaches of La Digue.
Explore the fascinating Vallee du Mai.
Hire a bike and visit a secluded beach for a picnic.
Cycle to Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue - one of the Seychelles' most famous and beautiful beaches.
Take an ox cart ride around La Digue.
Swim and snorkel from the idyllic L'Archipel beach, a crescent of perfect white sand.
Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.
Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.
Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.
Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.
See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.
Visit the Tin Mal mosque in the High Atlas.
Barter for goods in Taroudant souq.
Observe the traditional lifestyle of the Chleuh Berbers.
Explore the rocky landscapes of Tafraoute.
Enjoy dramatic Atlantic views from the pool side.
Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.
Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.
Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.
Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.
Visit the huge Roman site at Jerash.
Travel the King's Highway between Amman and Petra.
Walk down Siq Canyon before emerging into Petra.
Enjoy an extended tour of Wadi Rum.
Relax by the Dead Sea.
Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.
Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.
Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.
Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.
Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.
Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.
Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.
Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.
Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.
Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.
Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.
Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.
Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.
Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
See a different side of Mumbai at dawn as the city wakes.
Visit the bustling, entrepreneurial Dharavi slum with a local.
Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa.
Sample freshly-caught seafood in Goa's old town.
Visit the Golden Temple for the nightly religious ceremony.
Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.
Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.
Ride on the 'Toy Train' to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shimla.
Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.
Witness the mighty Geysir erupt as you explore the Golden Circle.
Learn about traditional Icelandic cuisine on a private food tour of Reykjavík.
Soak in the astounding scenery of the islands and mountains north of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a boat trip with a fresh sushi feast served on board.
Explore Langjökull Glacier from tunnels which take you into the glacier itself.